Michael Berkeley's Easter guest is actor Caroline Quentin, who has starred in many TV series from Men Behaving Badly, for which she won the 1995 Best Comedy Actress Award for her role as the put-upon Dorothy, to Jonathan Creek, Kiss Me Kate, Blue Murder and Life Begins (for which she received the 2004 British Comedy Actress Award). She has recently been seen in the third series of BBC1's Life of Riley. She has also starred in a number of one-off dramas, including Von Trapped, Goodbye Mr Steadman, Hot Money, Blood Strangers and Miss Marple-The Mirror Cracked, as well as the Just William series, in which she played Mrs Bott. She also appears regularly on stage, including, most recently, in Pippin at the Menier Chocolate Factory. Other stage roles have included Masha in The Seagull, Jenny in Arnold Wesker's Roots at the National Theatre, Dabby Bryant in Our Country's Good, and the lead in the West End comedy An Evening with Gary Lineker.
Caroline studied ballet as a child, and remembers dancing to Chopin's Prelude No.7 In A, played by her mother, a talented pianist. Her other private musical passions inclde Tchaikovsky's Violin Concerto, which helped her through an emotional low point in her life; the overture to Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, which she thinks is one of the most thrilling pieces of music ever written; one of Canteloube's sensuous Songs of the Auvergne; an extract from Britten's opera A Midsummer Night's Dream, which she saw at Glyndebourne; and a Spanish Dance by Granados, arranged for classical guitar by Segovia., which reminds her of peaceful summer evenings in the country surrounded by her family.